I've been looking at, and shooting, a number of what I've heard referred to as 'Slim 9s'. Basically the compact single stack 9mm handguns. Just some of my observations, but I'd love to hear others thoughts as I consider which one to buy.
Kel-Tec PF9: The slide release was a stretch for me to use. Shooting it I had a failure to fire, failure to eject, or both with each magazine. Sometimes multiple with each magazine.
Beretta Nano: With a fully loaded magazine I could not get it to latch with the slide closed. One of the guys at the range said "Oh, it's European style. You're supposed to have the slide open when you put the magazine in." sounds fishy, but whatever. Had several failure to fire. Was a comfortable gun to shoot otherwise.
Ruger LC9: A solid gun with no problems. Didn't stand out either positively or negatively. I like that it is hammer fired. If I have a failure to fire I can pull the trigger again since it is likely my fault.
S&W Shield: Like the LC9, a solid gun with nothing standing out good or bad.
Sccy CPX-2: Actually a double stack, but not much wider than the single stacks. A decent gun, especially for the price. I had problems with the slide going into battery, but that could have been because it was a rental and the range guy said that it really needed a cleaning.
Kahr CM9: Several failure to ejects and a bit harder hitting than the others.
Walther PPS: A nice gun to shoot. I was the most accurate with it, but that could be just a matter of the sights being better adjusted than the other rental guns. An interesting magazine release using the trigger guard.
So anyone care to add any comments on any of these? I think I'm trying to decide between the S&W, the Ruger and the Walther. Decisions, decisions....